Two-time Shepparton United premiership captain Tyson Sidebottom is Shepparton Swans’ latest blockbuster signing as they take aim at finals next year.MARC MCGOWAN November 5, 2012 4:20am
Two-time Shepparton United premiership captain Tyson Sidebottom is Shepparton Swans’ latest blockbuster signing as they take aim at finals next year.
Sidebottom stunned the Goulburn Valley football world on Friday night, when he signed with the Swans, who have won a combined six games the past two years.
He played for Murray Football League team Congupna this past season.
Sidebottom is the second major signing at the Goulburn Valley Football League club this off-season, behind St Joseph’s defender Dan Lovick, who won Geelong Football League’s past two Mathieson medals.
New Swans playing assistant coach Hayden Best orchestrated the recruitment of both, as Lovick’s brother-in-law and Sidebottom’s good friend and ex-Tallygaroopna teammate.
Shepparton East premiership forward Rob Osborne and Queanbeyan duo Daniel Campbell and Alex Overs have also joined the Swans.
Swans coach Brett Warburton said it was an exciting time for his club.
‘‘The fact we have a very good, young list — all committed to the club — was a point Dan and Tyson were very impressed with,’’ Warburton said.
‘‘These guys here are going to leave a legacy at our club for a long time. We’re coming from a long way back, but the guys we’ve recruited all bring experience and leadership.
‘‘We know there are other young lists out there in the Goulburn Valley, but when you talk about the young list with the least experience, it is us.’’
Sidebottom did not want to speak to The News about his decision to join the Swans, a year after fellow United premiership player Lewis O’Sullivan also switched to Princess Park.
‘‘Tyson just wants to get on with it and focus on the Shepp Swans and that’s who he is,’’ Warburton said.
‘‘He’s not up for too much talk. His talk will be done out on the ground. It doesn’t worry him (what other people think). He’s fully focused on the Shepp Swans.
‘‘We can’t control what people will say out there in the media or the public. We can only control the controllables and focus on the 2013 season.’’
Warburton said Jessie Finnen and Josh Wellington would retain the captaincy and vice-captaincy, respectively, despite Sidebottom’s presence.
He said the Swans’ young players would have to work ‘‘even harder’’ and could not expect to make finals just because of the top-line off-season additions.
Warburton can relate to Sidebottom’s playing decision, having won a premiership at Tatura before joining close friend Paul Hawke at the Swans for the 2000 season.
He spent a year playing cricket in England between playing for the Bulldogs and Swans.
Warburton said he had ‘‘not one problem’’ with his former Tatura clubmates.
‘‘It’s on your mind, in the build up in the week prior to the game,’’ Warburton said about a player facing his old side.
‘‘I was a Tat boy and made the move and came across with Paul Hawke and it was a big deal, but you just bounce the ball and get on with it. I’m not going to buy into it.
‘‘If people want to say things they can .
‘‘I’ll be making sure not one Shepp Swans person gets involved in any derogatory remarks or anything like that.’’
Disability organisation ConnectGV is having its fourth annual gala dinner fundraiser on March 13.
Some of Australia’s best kayakers were in Yarrawonga on Sunday at the annual Yarrawonga-Mulwala Canoe Club’s Murray River Classic kayak race.
Volunteers at St Vincent de Paul in Tatura continue to be dismayed at the amount of unsuitable items dumped at the centre in Francis St.
Despite the cash-strapped Federal Government tightening its belt, Tongala Age Care has bucked the trend and secured $1 million for a significant expansion of its facility.
Vandals have uprooted trees along the Campaspe River, leaving Rochester River Reserve Committee president Paul Poort furious and devastated.
Bianca Chatfield to speak at Kyabram Sportstar of the Year
Alan McLean looks back at Seymour's history of larrikings, louts and bushfires.
New tourism venture, Old Woperana Working Farm and Animal Nursery, is now open to the public.
Warm weather during the Christmas/New Year period saw large crowds enjoy facilities at the region’s major water storages.
Ellen ‘Nell’ Farrell has exactly 100 reasons to celebrate, as today marks her 100th birthday.
The Free family were overwhelmed when stolen fishing equipment was returned to them on Monday night.
SPC Ardmona’s managing director Peter Kelly will end his association with the company when his two-year commitment to the job expires at the end of March.
Salvation Army Benalla Majors Heather and Peter Ellis have relocated to Melbourne.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.